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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Erdinger Weissbier DunkelErdinger Weissbier Dunkel

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Erdinger Weissbräu

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Carefully selected dark malts with delicate roasting aromas give ERDINGER Dunkel its full-bodied flavor and strong character.

This elegant wheat beer has a lustrous, deep dark-brown appearance in the glass. The first sip reveals a harmonious symphony of carefully selected wheat and barley malts with exquisite Hallertau aroma hops. The taste buds detect hints of caramel, nuts and fresh bread. An unmistakable top-fermenting accent is provided by ERDINGER’s traditional yeast.

ERDINGER Dunkel first saw the light of day in 1989, when ERDINGER’s master brewers created a dark wheat beer as a birthday present for the private brewery’s owner, Werner Brombach. He liked it so much that he decided to put it on the market in 1990.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a curved wheat ale glass.

Deep chestnut brown body, with a slight bit of cola carbonation, and mix of finer bubbles. Head is a big tan and creamy froth! Classic bulging with ice cream scoop licking properties. Big hold, big head, and creamy fine retention, more as if it was just shoved on top than created from the bottom. Classic, aggressive, in control, booming. Just great looking.

Aroma takes minor touches of toffee but has a very dry phenolic property to it. Drying clove and almost char smelling to powedery flour. Clean, but also a bit closed. Not too much going on the nose here.

Palate sticks to basics nicely. Light toffee and an excellent creamy mouthfeel hitting almost like a British ale yeast. Fruit sensing berries, mixing in with milk chocolate in the mid palate. Finishes with clotted cream and light body feelings and flavors.

A real nice simple dunkel, limits on the depth but a creamy flavor and esters seems to be very unique and making a good drinking experience.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a murky brown, nearly maroon, with reddish tinges, and features an impressively large, flourishing head of frothy off-white foam.
Aroma: disappointing, suggesting nothing at all, spare, blank, giving off a hint of spiciness, a touch of fruit, but nothing major.
Very smooth, very easy, very minimal texture, just enough to qualify as a weizen, but with very little complexity and scant flavor. I run out of things to say about this beer, for it gives little else of itself to be examined. Some chocolate comes forth later on, much appreciated, but too little, too late?
Not bad, just not much. Thanks to JohnnyDuvel for the sample.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A medium brown base with little light passing through. A big foamy head atop that stays around a while.

S - Dark tangy wheat aromas with brown sugar, molasses and other brown sweetness scents.

T - Chewy caramelized wheat sugars and dark grains. Molasses and dried dates hitting the palate. A nice tangy yeast through the sip and a bitter mineral-like finish.

M - Chewy medium bodied beer. Thirst quenching up front with a lightly drying finish.

O - Well rounded dunkel from a classy brewery.

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Photo of Billolick
2.77/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

mid sized bottle, with best before dating. Pours the expected dark chocolaty brown with a faint tinge of plums, head quickly goes bye bye and this leaves no lacing (booo). Fruity nose, mouthfeel is kind of sharp and prickly and flavor notes are suprisingly minor, just some cola, overripe bananas and a slight metalic finish, yuck, there are much better dunkle weiss beer out there, give this one a pass, I wish I had...

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Photo of drabmuh
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served on draft at Churchkey in D.C. Beer is brown, hazy with a gigantic head. Head falls away in a few minutes leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady, large bubbles. A really attractive beer.

Aroma is much weaker than I expected. I can't really smell any malt to speak of, there is some hints of esters (banana) like you'd expect, just a lot more subtle than I thought it should be.

Medium body smooth beer. Both this beer and Erdinger hefeweiss have very similar flavors. And that flavor is bland. I know that these beers are suppose to have refreshing and simple flavors, all I'm saying is that I've had better beers in these categories. All of the flavors you'd expect are there, just muted, some banana / clove-like flavor, some malt (since this is the dunkel) just not a lot of it. Perfectly fine tasting beer, just really subtle.

Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied, smooth, no aftertaste. Drinkability is high, as it should be. A pretty good beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/02/09- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a best buy date printed on the back of the label. Poured into my Ayinger weizen glass.

Appearance- Dark malty brown in color. Full one inch upon a very slow pour. Increases in size after the pour is finished. Lacing is pretty light with some light spotting.

Smell- Chocolate malt nose mized with light banana, a bit of clove and some wheat-grassy scents.

Taste- Pretty much like a hefe with dark chocolate malt tossed in. Lots of chocolate malt...deeper than expected for a lower abv beer. Banana flavors as well as clove and a few other spices I can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher of a carbonation level. Pretty crisp and not a lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability- Haven't had very many of this style. Quite nice and enjoyable.

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Photo of stevoj
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From 2012: Decent dunkelweizen, nothing stands out, but nothing lacking either. Flavor is good, but doesn’t stick around. I was hoping for much better from these guys.

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Photo of tempest
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a a beautiful half-liter at Sunswick 35/35 for $7. This dark brown beer with its light tan head looked oh-so promising, but fell flat once I started sipping. Sure, the carbonation was fine, but it only tasted like a creamed wheat or oatmeal cereal with a hint of cocoa powder.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to pint glass

A - Dark brown with two fingers of off-white head.

S - Sweet caramel, cereal grain, no noticeable hops.

T - Bready malts, sweet caramel, light toffee notes and a slight hop bitterness.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

D - This one got really dull after a while. Wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.73/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Muddied brown/ruby pour. Dark alright, but the lack of a head screams that's missing the bought as per style. It has a head, but very minimal.
Well, aroma is caramel and sweet. Some roastiness. No spice, yeast, citrus, cloves...
Taste matches aroma. It's not bad, just not to style. But I wonder if that's b/c they missed the boat, or just didn't try. No spice, no tingle. Had it with a burger and shouldn't have.

Poured the last inch to the drain. If only because I had another beer waiting on deck.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, roasted malt aroma that boasts of crystal malts and roasted barley. It has some yeast fruitiness, but not much. The taste is decent as well. It a dry, earthy flavor that boasts of crystal and roasted malts. It goes down slow due to the overwhelming carbonation. It has a slight tart aftertaste, but little sign of wheat malt. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, but I prefer a sweeter, fruitier dunkel. This was neither.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got nothing going on tonight, so why not finsih it off with a half-liter of what claims to be the World's #1 Hefe-Weizen. No, really, I'm reading it off the bottle label. Well, on to the beer:

This one pours with a lot of foam, the color is light murky brown with orange hues at the edges. The head sticks well at first, leaving lacing on the glass here and there. The nose is light in power; some mushy apples, the cereal used in Cinnamon Toast Crunch, with a bit of a hidden phenolic edge. The taste holds its own in my mouth with enough of it to keep me going. Apple strudels anyone? A pinch of baking spice kicks in midway through the beer. The finish is dry with leftovers of cereal and wheat bread. The overall flavor seems to intensify as I drink more of it.

Wheat beers are good to drink for breakfast, but if you want liquid apple strudel flavor over liquid banana bread, grab this beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a fluffy white head. Strong caramel malt presence in aroma as well as the flavor. Slight smoke presence in the flavor as well. Light-medium body and a very easy drinker. Medium carbonation. Drank this with some homemade venison German sausage and it was outstanding.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown color, nice carbonation, huge head, lots of lacing afterwards. Scents of sweet slightly roasted malts, yeast, and banana. The taste is kinda sweet malts, slight tones of banana. Medium body, highly carbonated feel in the tongue. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but other's of this style are quite different and more re-freshing.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of banana and spices. Taste is somewhat mild, malts, some banana, not really as much clove or spice as I expected. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes for a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured into a weizen glass. Cloudy and dark in appearance.

S. Malted barley steals the show here. Other than that I can't really pick up anything else.

T. Pretty tasty dunkel here. Sweet malts and some spice, does well for its style. Like other Erdinger offerings, it has a slightly metallic twang.

M. Medium to full bodied. Creamy and smooth.

D. Goes down fairly easy, but my is this one filling. Its like having a meal.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, opaque, brown color, and is topped by a thick light brown head. Enticing aromas of raisins, caramel, and toast waft from my glass to my nose. Overall the aroma is quite fruity as well. The taste is mildly sweet and finishes with a hint of clove, and smooth mellowness. This has some really nice bready notes mixed with caramel and biscuit flavors. There is a dry finish, which begs for you to take another sip. This is a nice enjoyable example, that could use, perhaps, a bit more of the traditional Hefe flavors, but it is quite good as is.

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Photo of biegaman
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep kalamata olive that is tenaciously unyielding even when held directly in front of the afternoon sunlight. Its inflexibility prevents both highlights and clarity. Its frothy, staunch head rest in sepia tone. Although both persistent and adhesive, it seems stunted. The fact that it's served in the appropriate weiss glass makes it seem all the more squat for its style.

The bouquet seems more than apprehensive to reveal itself. Deep breaths might discover subtle hints of over ripe apple or tannic grapes, but again these notes would be very subtle and these breaths would have to be really deep. All that is revealed is a standard note of wheat. It lacks the presence of clove, zest, and spice that more often accompanies it. No phenols, no esters - it is a bore.

The taste is slightly less disinclined than aroma, although it too is lacking in almost every regard. The flavours are far from refined. Again, no phenols, no esters. Notions of zest, citrus fruit, banana and clove are rather abstract. There is no sense of caramelization. Even the wheat which (by law) makes up at least 50% of the grist is missing in action, I detect no rich malt, bread crust or grain taste.

This mouthfeel could cause rioting in some parts of Bavaria. For one, I repeat: no phenols, no esters. Secondly, there is nothing effervescent about it. German wheat beers tend to have an intensely quenching character in large part to their high carbonation; the carbonation in this is pitifully low. There is no richness or fullness, nor is there anything quenching about it. I suspect Erdinger uses cheap ingredients.

This could maybe pass as an American dark lager but not a true German dunkel. It may be dark but it is far from spicy, fruity, malty or refreshing. A real dunkelweizen should posses all the zesty yeast and citrusy wheat character of a hefeweizen and all the heavy, malty caramel richness of a dunkel (hence the damn name!) but this fails at both ends of its title.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.72/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a fizzy tan head, fair head retention, fleeting, no lace, looks good initially.

S: Dark bread, pumpernickel, molasses, notes of root beer.

T: Really dark bread malt is the only thing there akin to a dopplebock, in fact it tastes more like a bock than a weizen, no real estery flavour at all. Flavour is light across the board, vapid.

M: Too much carbonation for the style, bursts in to carbon dioxide upon entering the mouth, overall light-bodied.

D: Can be difficult to drink due to the carbonation. Similar to the hefe from this brewery, I'm just not getting much. Compared to the real good weisse beers out there, this one just screams average.

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Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a resilient tan head.

Smells of malt and mild banana and spice.

Tastes mild, standard Hefe-Weizen taste only a bit subdued. Standard bananas, raisins, figs, spice taste.

Mouthfeel is good, but not great.

Beats Budweiser, but there are better beers.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass. The best-before date on the back of the bottle is 9/2009, which I didn't notice before purchase. Four months shouldn't be a big problem, though.

Appearance: deep brown color with a ruby tinge; quite dark for a dunkelweizen. Head is a couple of fingers of tan foam. Overall, I do quite like it.

Smell: a little wheat and a little roasted malt. One smell I detect is that of bourbon; it seems more like an off aroma in this context than anything else. Call this one average.

Taste: the flavor has a nicer wheat component than the aroma. There is a little caramel flavor to the malt and not much in the way of any roasted malt flavor. It's pretty good, but not fantastic.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with a good level of carbonation. There is a nice creamy texture here that I like.

Drinkability: really, quite drinkable, if a little sweet. I could definitely have a couple of these over fried food at a pub.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.89/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle best before 03/2007, drank 12/2006.

Poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass, it looked dark, heavy and tasty. Mahogany black with a two finger tanned foaming head, which slowly sank down to a thinner covering.

Aroma of wheat and yeast, neither very strong, even as the bier warmed up.

Thin, almost watery (for a weissbier,dunkel or otherwise), no depth
or feel to the taste, the mouthfeel, very poor really, not a great example of this style in my opinion.

I will not be rushing out and buying a crate of this, but if I ever see it on tap anywhere I will give it another try.

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Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Max's the other day. Really don't see many dunkel weizens on tap in the states it seems, so this was a treat.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The beer is somewhat exotic smelling on the nose, with some sweet malt and underlying banana and spice. It smells pretty good. On the palate this beer is just delicious. It's not heavy at all and has moderate sweetness, but with that tell tale drying finish I get in good German hefeweizen. There are dark fruits in this beer, and frankly this beer is just delicious. The beer has a smooth mouthfeel and is soft on the palate. Drinkability is fantastic. I could drink this all day.

Just a delightful beer. Even as I review it today it's making me want another glass right now. Just delicious stuff.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes in a 50 cl short-necked brown bottle. The label is dark brown with the writing in golden with a picture of barley.

A: The pour is hazy dark brown with a really creamy light brown large head that takes some time to dissipate. Some lacings.

S: Roasted malt and wheat, ripe bananas and some yeast. Some chocolate notes as well. A bit flowery.

T: Nice mix of roasted sweet malt and wheat. Very bready. The bananas are held back a bit. Flowery.

M: Refreshing with a rather short aftertaste that holds some sweetness and bitterness at the same time. The body is mediumlight and carbonation is rich. A smooth warm feeling fills your mouth.

D: A Dunkelweizen is always a nice experience. This one was a bit to light in taste and smell to be a top-beer for me.

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Photo of Derek
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Rechthaler-Hof in Munich (across from the train station).

A: Chestnut, slight haze, lots of off-white head, very little retention/lace.

S: Bready malt with a little fruit.

T: Very fruity, banana bread, slightly sweet, a little caramel, fairly malty.

M: Moderate body is creamy, carbonation is light to moderate.

D: Quite good.

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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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